Bandlines: Sparklines Enriched with Information about Magnitude and Distribution.
The latest newsletter from Stephen Few of Perceptual Edge is out today and it looks quite interesting. I would love to do an interactive version of this.
“In the last edition of this newsletter I wrote about the many ways in which sparklines can be scaled to serve various purposes and convey different aspects of time-series values. This article grew out of discussions that I had with several of you in my blog and discussion forum about the way that sparklines are sometimes deficient when used in dashboards. Now, in this new edition of the newsletter, I’m continuing along this same path, but this time I’m introducing a new version of sparklines, called bandlines, which are designed to include a great deal more information without overcomplicating them.”
You can read the full PDF by clicking here.
I would also recommend you check out his other articles, newsletters and blog at: http://www.perceptualedge.com/